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July 27, 2009

Shorties (Nick Cave Reads from His New Novel; The Duckworth Lewis Method's Cricket Album, and more)

In this YouTube video, Nick Cave reads chapter 11 of his new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro.

Drowned in Sound interviews The Duckworth Lewis Method about their new record, a self-titled concept album about cricket.

DiS: Sport is one area which isn't really explored too much in music, aside from the odd Half Man Half Biscuit song or whatever. Do you think it's neglected?

NH: It's funny, somehow the two things are very difficult to marry up successfully, the mentality of the sportsman seems to be the antithesis of the artistic mind. They have to be incredibly single minded and not be able to think creatively to be able to do all that stupid exercise. In a way there'll be plenty of books and films about various sports because there is high drama in it, but cricket has had so little music written about it, it's insane, but we're not claiming that this is a terrible sin that has to be gives us a little niche, though.

This week Five Chapters is serializing new short fiction by Bradford Tice.

CNET's The Social blog lists the top 10 songs the web brought back.

Radio Free Europe points out "post-Soviet" musicians in the U.S. music scene, including the multi-talented singer-songwriter (and LHB favorite) Alina Simone.

The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles the city's local music blogs.

Drowned in Sound interviews Jim Suptic of the Get Up Kids.

NPR recommends summer science books.

DJ Spooky remixes Terry Riley's classical composition, "In C."

The Guardian profiles comics artist Shaun Tan.

"Drawing a good picture is like telling a really good lie – the key is in the incidental detail," says Shaun Tan. Fortunately, the Australian artist's award-winning picture books are anything but short on detail. Each spread drops the reader into a surreal world of bizarre animals, skew-whiff buildings, dreamlike landscapes and invented languages, the magical realism and conceptual playfulness of Tan's paintings underscoring the simple language of the tales – "illustrated modern fables" as he calls them.

Pitchfork interviews members of Sunn O)))).

The Wall Street Journal profiles Victor LaValle and what may be my favorite book of the year, his new novel Big Machine.

“Vic does horror movies with literary fiction,” says Mr. Johnson. “It’s Thomas Pynchon with the Sunday afternoon double matinee. There’s no section in the bookstore for that. But the work is transcendent.”

The Guardian reports that David Cronenberg will direct the film adaptation of Don Delillo's novel Cosmopolis.

The Observer reports that P.G. Wodehouse's earliest works of political satire have surfaced.

The Rawking Refuses to Stop! lists its favorite albums of 2009 (so far).

This week's Largehearted Boy contest gives away two of my favorite short story collections of the year, Jean Thompson's Do Not Deny Me and Pettina Grappah's An Elegy for Easterly.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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